Democracy w/ Limits

Below is the dictionary definition of the word democracy:

: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

This is a very clear-cut definition of a democracy… Two words caught my attention here free elections. Free Elections are key to democracy, the government of the people.

Democracy with limits is not democracy, and we can’t have free elections when we limit the number of voters. That is voter suppression and violates our rights as Americans.

While most of the country is obsessing about freedom to or not to wear masks, our government officials are systematically actually taking away voting rights. Hello! Why isn’t this getting more press???

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past four years is we are not perfect and that’s okay. What isn’t okay is the lie saying we are perfect, denying those skeletons in our closet, and rewriting the history books to cover up our dark past.

There is a statement I hear over and over again when we see someone miss behave. Oh, we are so much better than that, that’s not who we are. How arrogant is that? That is exactly who we are. Undeniable… A more honest statement would be: that’s not who we have to be. What am I saying? We can change, but first, we must admit to our imperfections. If we can’t acknowledge our imperfections I’m sorry to say nothing more can be said or done.

We are a work in progress. The simple truth about that we should work to do better, not worse, or staying the same.

2 thoughts on “Democracy w/ Limits

  1. But Nick, are we supposed to be a democracy? Or are we a republic?
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/republic

    And as far as the face masks go: Isn’t this kind of a rival issue? Although I’m not at all sure the face masks are all that helpful to our health, psychologically, they are helping us get along with our fellow man during an unusual time in our history. Today’s global society is in a transition of daily norms right now. Anything to help with how we courteously associate with one another should be looked upon as a blessing.

    1. G.J. Jolly, by definition the U.S. is considered a representative democracy. It appears to be that fine line between a democracy and a republic. You are right face masks are a very contentious issue. I too have wondered if it helpful or hype. For me personally, it is an easy decision. If it could keep others safe or myself then it is a small price to pay to preserve life. If I might add, is there anything we do to safeguard life that is 100% foolproof? I think not. If I could use for example seatbelts. We’ve seen over the year that it has saved lives, making it worth the added effort to buckle up. One of my uncles was on his way to Canyon Lake in Arizona. The road to get there is narrow, windy, and two-lane. On this particular day, the road was slick. His truck and boat slid off the road. In a split second, he managed to kick the door open and jump to safety. I don’t know why he didn’t have his seatbelt on that day, but not having it on might have saved his life. There wouldn’t have been enough time, he would have been trapped in his seatbelt. So, life is 50/50 every time we step out into the world.
      I learned a lesson today. Today’s post was not supposed to be facemasks as the central focus, voter suppression is. We hear the word masks and that’s where we go. I am a bit confused though as to why we aren’t talking about what is being done in Georgia and several other states to make it harder if not impossible to vote. Voting is our right and voice in this our representative democracy. Oh, by the way, thank you for bringing to mind a clearer more complete definition. Enjoy your day.

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